Best transfers of the summer: 7 top signings during the window
7 best transfers of the summer
The transfer window is in full swing and there have been plenty of big moves across Europe’s biggest leagues ahead of the new season.
Paris St Germain have made some great signings, most of them for free, and they are the favourites to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The French giants are also 1/10 to regain the Ligue 1 title they relinquished to Lille last season as we look at seven of the best transfers of the summer.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan to PSG – free)
The Italy goalkeeper joined PSG on a free transfer from AC Milan just three days after his penalty shoot-out heroics gave Italy victory against England in the Euro 2020 final which earned him the accolade player of the tournament.
At 22, Donnarumma can give PSG at least 10 years at the top level and should prove one of the best transfers of the summer.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid to PSG – free)
Ramos spent 16 seasons at Real Madrid where he won the Champions League four times and La Liga five but he joins PSG on a free transfer having failed to get the two-year deal he wanted.
The 35-year-old centre-back had injury problems at the end of the season which kept him out of Spain’s Euro 2020 squad but should be one of the best transfers of the summer if he can stay healthy.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool to PSG – free)
Wijnaldum failed to negotiate the deal he wanted with Liverpool and PSG were once again the beneficiaries as they grabbed the Netherlands international on another freebie.
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The 30-year-old midfielder scored 16 goals in 179 appearances for the Reds, who are 5/1 in the Premier League title odds to win back the title from Manchester City, who are 4/6.
Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan to PSG – £54million)
The French club did put their hands in their pockets over the summer and what a signing it was with the Morocco international joining from Inter Milan.
The 22-year-old right-back spent most of his youth at Real Madrid but excelled in a two-year loan spell with Borussia Dortmund before joining Inter Milan, who are 9/4 to retain their title this season.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City to Barcelona – free)
Aguero spent 10 glorious years at Manchester City but the last couple of seasons were hampered by injuries and he was not offered a new contract.
Barcelona pounced by signing the one of the Premier League’s greatest players on a two-year contract and they are 6/4 co-favourites with Real Madrid to win La Liga this season.
Memphis Depay (Lyon to Barcelona – free)
Barcelona picked up another bargain with the free-transfer signing of Dutch striker Depay, who flopped in his two seasons at Manchester United but scored 63 goals in 139 appearances during his four years at Lyon.
Depay scored a couple of goals at Euro 2020 and admitted boss Ronald Koeman was a major factor in his move to Barca, a club “you just don’t say no to”.
David Alaba (Bayern Munich to Real Madrid – free)
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowkski has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but the only player to have switched to the Bernabeu from the Allianz Arena is Alaba – another free signing.
The versatile 29-year-old defender, who can also play in midfield, made more than 420 appearances in 13 seasons with the Bavarian giants and revealed he was happy to join “the biggest club in the world” having turned down several offers from other clubs.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication